|One of the mottos of the Village
of Elk Rapids, Michigan, population 1,700, is “Where
Family Is Everything.” That certainly jives with Ed Hammer,
owner of Wooden Hammer Ltd. Ed Hammer was a manufacturer's
rep in St. Louis and found himself on the road all the time...away
from his family. He and his wife decided to risk everything,
switch professions (turning a hobby into a calling), and move
to northern Michigan, an area where they had vacationed a lot.
They fell in love with Elk Rapids and its one stop light, bought
a home, and began their cabinetry business in 1989 out of a
pole barn on their property.
Elk Rapids’ traditional, small town values
mirror Wooden Hammer’s family values: honesty,
integrity, strong work ethic, faith, family, caring
and compassion, and trust just to name a few.
In a small town, you know your customers. They are
your neighbors and friends. You’ve grown up
with them, gone to school with them…you see
many of them every day.
That’s the way we, the Wooden Hammer Ltd.
family, feel about all of our customers. They deserve
that same respect and caring, and we give it to them.